Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls

By Atinuke

Illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

Tola may be small, but she's very determined!

Three charming stories about a young girl who lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Too Small Tola is just the right size to fit under the bed and rescue Grandmummy's most prized possession when it goes missing. Her abilities in maths prove to be very helpful when Grandmummy becomes ill. In the title story, though Grandmummy can't afford to buy Tola new clothes, Tola turns out to be just as fine as the three fine girls she so greatly admires. A book full of heart and humour by multi-award-winning writer and storyteller Atinuke.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406388923
  • Published: 07 Jan 2021
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 96

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Customer reviews


'Featured in The Bookseller's January Previews 2021,' The Bookseller

'Featured in Atinuke’s piece, ‘Top 5 picture books with black people in them’.' The Big Issue

'Delightful tales of kindness and courage in adversity.' The Sunday Times & The Sunday Times Ireland

'A lovely collection of stories which opens a window to life in contemporary Nigeria, and shares themes that all readers can relate to - such as how to be grateful for what you have, being kind to others, and how to get on in a family when you are the very smallest!' BookTrust

'The book was lovely read. My children loved it as did I. The story line is gripping and it sends a lovely message. Highly recommended.' Toppsta

'Thank you for the chance to read the story, we read it together and talked about what life was like in Lagos and how it was different and similar from here. We would recommend it to anyone 7+, you could read it by yourself or read it to your family, the stories are just the right length.' Toppsta

'Tola’s determination, resilience, and warmth shine through in each of the three short, Nigeria-set stories […] Sure to raise your spirits.' The Scotsman

'How lovely to see another book in the series of stories about 'small but mighty' Tola […] As they make their way to independence, many confident early readers will be able to tackle the stories by themselves. A super addition to any primary school library.' The School Librarian

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